WASHINGTON -- Legislation to exempt high-speed rail bond issues from the private-activity volume cap was derailed in the House yesterday as a number of lawmakers objected to a provision that would institute a new tax-reporting requirement for states and localities.

Also yesterday, the House passed a bill by voice vote that would allow New York City to issue tax-exempt bonds to expand the offices of the United Nations and thereby attempt to keep the organization from moving some of its agencies out of the city.

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